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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohn's.When my disease was in remission. I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and is able to walk because of them. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What's Been Going on in My Life

Vacation was fun, although it probably isn't most people's cup of tea.  We were up north and did some gambling at the Indian casinos on the reservations.  My husband and I did rather well and it paid for the hotel room.  I enjoy dining out.  Most meals were nothing to brag about but I had a wonderful meal on the way up.  It was a spicy  pasta with shrimp and oriental vegetables.  YUM!
We also played bingo at the Community hall.  The raffles and bingo raises money for the community and is rather affordable.  It was fun, but we were losers.  That night we spent some time in the hot tub and that always feels good.
We stopped at the liquidators on the way home so I could pick up some "necessary" scrapbooking supplies.
I had the onset of a bladder infection during vacation, but didn't know it  as I didn't have the usual symptoms.  Just the urgency and inability to void.
I was home about a day or two and ended up in ER.  The pain was excruciating and I was experiencing abdominal pain and nausea.  My doctor told me to go to ER where it was diagnosed as a very bad UTI.  I went back on antibiotics and on the advice of my bff,  am also taking probiotics.  The probiotics are certainly helping my GI tract.
So, there you have it.  I have nothing really exciting to report.  I'm just trying to stay healthy.
I scanned this picture of my great grandparents on my mother's side.  I am not sure when this was taken.  They look quite old, and Mom was 94, so it has to be the 30's or 40's.  I wish there was a date on it.  Great Grandfather started the cheese making business in the area.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Heaven is for Real! - a movie review

Shortly after my mom's death, I read the book, Heaven is for Real.  I found it comforting.  The story as told by the little boy's perspective to his father had scriptural references that no four year old boy would be aware of.  Whether you believe in Heaven or not, you cannot dispute the sincerity of little Colton Burpo.
Last night I went to see the movie.  The acting was good.  I was amazed at the little actor who played Colton.  It was entertaining.  It was a movie.  It had no scriptural reference, not even when the father, Todd, was preaching in his church!  I am surprised the name of Jesus was even mentioned.  I hope if you see this movie, you have or will read the book.  Like I said, no matter what your belief, it is an interesting read.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I Changed my Mind - This and That

Did you ever do something nasty and you don't know why?  (It is the sinner in me, I guess).
I learned a lesson or two. 
1.  Don't make any commitments you are not sure of.
2.  Don't ditch your girlfriend for a boy (even if the boy is 62!).
I am fortunate my girlfriend forgave me and we worked things out.  Can't throw a friendship of
24 years away over one incident, no matter how hurtful.
We spent a Saturday going to Appleton, WI to meet up with a friend of hers from Ohio.  I had met her before so I knew her too.  Good lunch, good time.  We then stopped at a few thrift stores and I scored an almost new bra (bought it without trying it on and it fit), shoes, two tops and a Precious Moments cross for my great-great nephew! 
Linda, Deena (Colleen's daughter), myself and Colleen.
I had the stomach flu a couple of weeks ago.  It really hung on.  Since then, I have a very tender tummy on some days and I feel queasy.  My friend turned me on to Gin-gin (not the kind you drink).
It is a candy made with ginger and helps the queasiness.  It works!  It was also suggested I try probiotics.
I thought with all my myriad of illnesses I should try an Internal Medicine doctor.  He was okay, but I just didn't feel any rapport.  He asked me why I have kidney disease....like I know?  I think I will go back to my other doctor.
My husband, son and I are were all set for vacation next week.  One problem.  My hubby had the wrong week!  Now son will change his vacation days and I will change the reservations.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Good Bye for Now

This blog has helped me to express my anxiety of my last job, supported my through my depression and comforted and supported me through the journey to the death of my mother.
I thank all of you, my followers for supporting me with your thoughts and prayers.
As of now, I am leaving.  I may change my mind, but I don't have anything to share.  I don't garden, or decorate like some.  I am not a collector of antiques  So for now, I say Good bye and take care of yourselves!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Whether You Like it or Not

Last Friday, on our way home from our craft week, we took a side trip to Austin, MN.  We had to go to the bathroom anyway, so we went to the SPAM Museum.  Spam is spiced meat or shoulder of pork and ham sold in a can that was first introduced in 1937.  44,000 cans are produced per hour and there are over 15 varieties made by Hormel.  They also make Dinty Moore Beef Stew and Chili.

made with cans of Spam

It started with a meat market.

A treat during WWII and the Korean War.
It was a very interesting museum and well worth the stop (and it's FREE!).
Side note:  My husband HATES Spam.  Apparently it was a staple at the school he attended as a child...  Spam casserole, fried Spam, Spam salad, etc.

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Last Sunday my friend, Linda and I  left for Ellsworth, MN, about 40 miles east of Sioux Falls, SD.  (On the way, we stopped in Berlin, WI.  On the way we picked up another friend, Debbie J.  We got off our route a couple of times, but it wasn't too bad.  We enjoyed the conversation and the scenery, especially near the Mississippi, where there were many hills and rock formations.
We arrived in Ellsworth, population 463, about 7:30, just in time to eat!  Our hostess, Judy, had made a ham and cheesy potatoes.   We started crafting Monday and the crafting went on almost non stop!
(We did take breaks to sleep, eat and drink wine!)
We had met through an online craft group and have stayed in touch over the years.  This was my first play week with them.
Judy, Linda J, Debbie J, Linda/Tex, Wendy, Martha and myself.


These are just some of the things that were made!

We left early on Friday, and made it home around 8:30.  Thanks to Linda J who likes to drive!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Winding Down to Wind Back Up Again!

Not much new here.  Found out that NyQuil (even without the alcohol) helps give me a good night's sleep without coughing.  I need to get a humidifier!

I went to the thrift store yesterday to pick up a yard of fabric for a craft project. I got the fabric, two tee shirts (in the wash) and these cute Hush Puppies (which were like new) for $5.

Just perfect with a dress or pants when I want a little dressier look than my usual sandals.  They are canvas, so I don't know how long they will look like new, but I am sure to get my $2 worth out of them!

I got into a little fracas on Facebook.  All I said was, "It breaks my heart when someone loses the faith they had as a child."  Well, a "friend" responded with a huge religious rant about organized religion, Jesus and the Bible.  I tried to reason with her, but to no avail.  I talked to my pastor about this last night and he said I should continue to profess my faith and stick with scripture, but to expect attack.

My bff, Linda and I are going on another road trip.  We are picking up another lady and the three of us are going to the other side of Minnesota (almost to Sioux Falls, SD).  My friend Judy has a large house and there will be seven of us (one is coming with her husband  in their motor home). Glad Judy's husband will have some company other than us women!  We will spend the week doing various crafts and maybe I'll learn something new, but it is sure to be fun!

I will update you when I get back next week!  (Can you tell I'm excited?)